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The two reasons Zinedine Zidane is set to leave Real Madrid this summer

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Real Madrid have suffered a dramatic fall from grace so far this season - at least in La Liga - with virtually everything about the team up in the air.

All three of their 'BBC' front line has gone from conquering the world to having their futures at the club in doubt.

Even Cristiano Ronaldo, the figure that the team is built around and arguably Real Madrid's greatest ever player, has struggled beyond belief; Ronaldo has scored a measly four league goals this season.

Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have fared no better than the Portuguese superstar so far, and the two of them certainly look to be replaced come the summer.

Ronaldo's saving grace has firmly been the Champions League. His tally of nine goals in the six group stage games set a new record, and he also became the first player ever to score in every game.

That record is a reminder of how things were last season, as Real Madrid won La Liga for the first time in five years, became the first team to retain the Champions League, and then finished the year by winning the Club World Cup for the season consecutive year.

They were on top of the world, leading to huge praise for record-setting manager Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman has only managed at the top level for two seasons now, but he has still somehow managed to fit what most coaches would consider a career into that time.

He has enjoyed a level of success that perhaps only Pep Guardiola can claim to have matched in his first seasons and has also managed get into a position where he's tasting the pressure of being on the edge of the sack.

It's all getting to be a bit too much, according to Marca.

Zidane is strongly considering stepping down from the post once the season is over, citing both fatigue as well as growing tired of the intense pressure at Real Madrid - a pressure that is arguably greater than any other job in football.

They're the same reasons that brought to an end the tenure's of both Guardiola and Luis Enrique at Barcelona, with both saying that trying to keep up with the expectations of the fans and board was an impossible task.

Real Madrid have a history of quickly losing bosses after success. All three of their previous league winners this century have left within a year of success. Vicente del Bosque and Fabio Capello left just days after winning league titles, while things infamously imploded for Jose Mourinho the season after his La Liga victory in 2012.

It's looking increasingly likely that Zidane will join that particular club.

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Zinedine Zidane
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